The Nestlé Toque d’Or Competition is back for 2017, and already 30 student chefs from institutions all around the country are putting themselves forward. Graham Hawkes, NZChefs National President and organiser of the event, emphasised the difficulty of the event, as well as the tough training schedule that forms the build up.
“Hotly contended, the goal is to create and deliver an award-winning menu to special guests attending the event on competition day,” he said. “Last year, a team from the Universal College of Learning in Palmerston North took out the top title. They won’t be back to defend the title this year so it is destined to be claimed by another region that is determined to make its mark in the culinary stakes.”
Nestlé Toque d’Or has been running for over 25 years, and is considered to be the premier culinary and front of house competition for students in New Zealand. The 2017 iteration will be held at the Auckland Showground on July 27.